Larger Than Life Lemurs at the Indiana State Museum IMAX

Female scientist and lemurs

Dr. Patricia Wright has spent a career studying and protecting lemurs on the island of Madagascar.

My first encounter with a lemur was the animated, bouncing character on the PBS television show “Zaboomafoo.” Then the kids and I found real-life versions of ring-tailed lemurs at the Indianapolis Zoo. Now you can see lemurs larger than life on the Indiana State Museum IMAX screen in the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D.

This documentary (totally unrelated to the children’s Madagascar movies) explores the past, present and future of lemurs on their native island of Madagascar. The scientist featured in the film, Dr. Patricia Wright, is one of six finalists of the Indianapolis Prize, a prestigious conservation award given by the zoo each year.

While Wright’s efforts to study and preserve multiple species of lemurs is exemplary, the real stars of this documentary are the furry creatures themselves. Thanks to free preview tickets from the IMAX theater, I learned from the film that there are 101 species of lemurs, including the greater bamboo lemur, a species believed to be extinct, but found by Wright after years of observation on the island of Madagascar. Many species are endangered, in part because of a common practice by the people of Madagascar to clear land by burning vegetation and forests where the lemurs live.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, will be shown at the Indiana State Museum IMAX theater through May 22, 2014.  Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 3-12 and $7.50 for seniors age 60 and older.

For showtimes and to purchase tickets, click here.